Charles Leclerc beat Max Verstappen for the fastest time in final practice at the Marina Bay Street circuit; Carlos Sainz third for Ferrari as Mercedes struggles in wet; watch Singapore GP qualifying live on Sky Sports F1 at 2pm Saturday, with a ramp-up from 1pm
Last Updated: 01/10/22 12:37pm
Charles Leclerc was quickest as Ferrari showed strong pace in a wet final practice ahead of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday.
Leclerc edged Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who can win the world championship in tomorrow’s race, by half a second with a 1:57.782 on dry surface.
Carlos Sainz’s other Ferrari was another half-second in third, while Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez were the only other cars within two seconds of Leclerc’s lead time.
Mercedes were well behind with George Russell and Lewis Hamilton over three seconds in ninth and twelfth respectively, and will be hoping for more rain until qualifying later on Saturday.
After a heavy downpour at the Marina Bay Street circuit, the first half of the third practice session was wiped out before the drivers took to the track temporarily on wet tyres.
It took around 10 minutes of wet racing before the intermediates became the tire of choice, with Verstappen and the Ferraris quickly establishing themselves in a league of their own.
The shortened wet session adds further mystery after a Friday that saw Red Bull and Ferrari face interruptions that limited their racing, leaving a hazy picture of who would hold the most pace if the track were to dry completely in time for the qualifications.
Mercedes had appeared competitive in dry conditions on Friday, with Lewis Hamilton leading in the first practice session, before the two Silver Arrows showed strong speed in the second session.
Aside from the incredible views the Marina Bay Street circuit produces on its return to the F1 calendar after three years, it was a session of limited drama as the drivers avoided taking too many risks with qualifying to follow a few hours later. .
Nicholas Latifi went off the track a few times but avoided contact between his Williams and the barriers, while Mick Schumacher was noted for a dangerous exit by the marshals after Haas sent him on the track with his rear tire wrongly mounted right.